14 September - 2 November 2014
Trees on the Downs
Local photographer Finn Hopson is showing more of his beautiful tree pictures for autumn at Redroaster. All the pictures are accompanied by small maps which show the trees location on the Downs.
Finn says: "These photographs were taken within a few miles of Redroaster, in the fields and woodlands of Britain’s newest national park.
"The eastern end of the South Downs isn’t known for its trees and woodland, but they are an essential part of the character of this landscape, outlining the shapes of fields and villages, providing a sense of scale to open downland, silhouetting against morning mists and throwing shadows across the land as the sun rises and sets.
"Like so much of the Downs, the trees here have been cultivated, managed and coppiced over the years, but despite this endless human interaction, they provide some disorder amidst the carefully regimented and groomed fields. It's impossible to find true wilderness in such a crowded part of the country, but the woods and hawthorn-studded pathways of the Downs provide endless opportunities to get happily lost for a few hours in this gentle, rolling countryside."
In July Finn opened a new gallery underneath the arches near the West Pier, where a larger collection of his South Downs work can be seen. In July Finn opened a new gallery underneath the arches near the West Pier, where a larger collection of his South Downs work can be seen. When he’s not in his gallery Finn spends most of his time wandering the hills at silly times of the day and night or looking after his two tiny daughters, which also seems to involve a lot of early starts.